Belfast Telegraph

Peter Hutton: Derry City in a rut but we will turn corner

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City must beat Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell tonight (7.45pm) to ease the growing pressure on manager Peter Hutton.

The Candystripes have managed just three wins in 13 league games this season and are slipping closer and closer to the wrong end of the table.

While last week's defeat to Dundalk was unlucky, City's performance against Shamrock Rovers in the EA Sports League Cup quarter-final in midweek, a game they lost 1-0, was poor.

Derry have not found the net in four games and Hutton admitted that the key thing against Sligo Rovers tonight is to break a goalless run that has reached 442 minutes.

"At the minute we would take any kind of goal at all," he said.

"We would take one if it came off someone's ear and went in.

"We don't have our sorrows to seek, but we just have to remain positive.

"Sometimes in football it's a very steep learning curve.

"We are in a rut and it's important that we stick together and learn from it and work hard to get out of it.

"We will turn the corner, I have no doubt, but we need to get our key players back as well."

With very difficult fixtures coming up against St. Patrick's Athletic and Cork City, it is imperative that Derry get a result tonight and with Owen Heary's Sligo team vastly underperforming this season, this could be just the fixture that Derry City need to get them back on track.

"Sligo aren't haviing the best of seasons themselves, but they got a good, important win against Drogheda, albeit a depleted Drogheda side," Hutton added.

"It's going to be a tough game, - it's a local derby and we certainly want to improve on the disappointing Shamrock Rovers performance."

Goalkeeper Gerard Doherty could return for tonight's game, but Stephen Dooley, Patrick McEleney and Philip Lowry remain sidelined while captain Ryan McBride will miss out due to a hamstring injury he picked up against Shamrock Rovers.

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